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This is my favorite banana bread recipe! It’s the recipe that comes to mind first when I have leftover spotty bananas on the counter and the bread that’s on constant rotation in my freezer stash. This is the best ever banana bread recipe and if you haven’t tried it yet, now’s the time.

Best Ever Banana Bread With its super-moist texture, buttery banana and brown sugar flavors, and incredibly soft crumb, this is the best ever banana bread

“Best-ever” is quite a bold statement, right? I’ve tried many many many basic banana bread recipes and I can happily admit that this one is my very favorite. Readers have fallen in love too! What makes this one so good? This banana bread has the most bananas out of any banana bread I’ve ever made before! 5 large mashed bananas!! Or 6 smaller ones! More banana adds more moisture and flavor to the finished product.

How to Mash Bananas

Did you know you can use your electric mixer to mash bananas? Break or slice the spotty bananas into large pieces and place in the bowl of your stand mixer– or use a regular mixing bowl and your hand mixer. Begin beating on low, then gradually increase to medium-high speed as the bananas break down into mashed banana. Transfer the bananas to another bowl and use the mixing bowl for the banana bread ingredients. (No need to clean it– some mashed banana remnants is fine.) or just do this the regular old forky way 🙂 mash-mash-mash! Please use ripe bananas for best results! 🙂

Other Banana Bread Ingredients

  • Butter: Use softened room temp. butter for a soft texture and irresistible butter flavor.
  • Brown Sugar: Use half brown sugar in this recipe. I’ve explained before that brown sugar yields soft and moist cookies. Well, brown sugar works that same magic in banana bread, too. It adds incredible flavor too, which comes from the molasses
  • Eggs: Eggs supply cakes, cupcakes, breads, doughs, and cookies their stability and structure, as well as a tender texture. You’ll need 2 large eggs in this banana bread recipe.
  • Yogurt: Yogurt adds even more moisture to this banana bread. I like to use yogurt as mush as possible when I’m baking. Sour cream is a wonderful substitution for plain yogurt. You can use the two interchangeably in most baking recipes. Make sure to read recipe notes if you do 🙂

For banana nut bread, add 3/4 cup of chopped walnuts to the banana bread batter; I like using either pecans or walnuts. I absolutely adore their sweet, toasty, and slight crunch nestled inside the soft banana bread crumbs. Feel free to leave them out completely if you’re not a fan of banana nut bread!

How to Freeze Banana Bread

I’ve received a lot of questions about freezing banana bread since I published the recipe, so let me share what works. You can freeze banana bread using these instructions to preserve its fresh flavor and texture for months!

  1. Cool baked banana bread completely.(Make sure it’s not warm (Unless you happen to love moldy bread)
  2. Tightly wrap the loaf or slices (individually or grouped) in 2-3 layers of plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
  3. Place wrapped banana bread in a large freezer-friendly storage bag or reusable container.
  4. Date the bag and freeze for up to 3-4 months. Thaw wrapped or unwrapped in the refrigerator or at room temperature. All methods work like a charm!

Overall, this is a SUPER easy recipe for classic banana bread. The batter takes about 10 to 25 minutes to throw together, the bread stays moist for days, and nothing beats the smell of fresh banana bread in the oven! If you are reading this: STOP, READ NO MORE you have found the perfect banana bread recipe!

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Banana Bread

Numnum
A family favorite! A loaf of this bread, has never lasted for more than a day in our house!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories

Ingredients
  

  • 1 stick soft butter
  • 1/2 cup of Brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 large bananas
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp of vinegar
  • 2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 3/4 tbsp yogurt (greek, whole fat, or even sourcream)
  • chocolate chips optional
  • walnuts optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350° F or 180°C grease and flour your pan.
  • Sift your flour, salt, baking powder and soda, and cinnamon into a large bowl.
  • cream the butter and sugar, then add eggs and vanilla
  • and add the rest of the wets and with a hand mixer mix until creamy.
  • add forked bananas
  • beat very well
  • then add half the dry mix
  • then add milk with vinegar and yogurt
  • add the other dries
  • combine well
  • put in cake bundt pan or banana bread pan (will make 2 in banana pans)
  • garnish with nuts (or chocolate for a less classic banana bread)
  • bake for 45-55 min

Notes

Banana Muffins? CLICK HERE
Yogurt: You can replace the yogurt with 1/3 cup of milk for best results.
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